About Bhutan : Bhutan History & Culture
About Bhutan – Perched in the highlands of the eastern Himalayas, the pristine Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan becomes a special destination to enthusiastic travelers who want to see and experience an age old culture thriving with modernity at the same time. Bhutan could perhaps be one of the happiest countries, not simply because the country has adopted the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, but because of its ecological richness, the still thriving cultural heritage with valued tradition that has been preserved for ages.
Bhutan is one of the last remaining bastions of Mahayana Buddhism as prophesied by Guru Padmashambhawa when he came to Bhutan in the 7th century . It’s also proclaimed by many as the last Shangri-La in earth. And yet it’s also the newest democracy in the world. The fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck announced his vision to Bhutan that if it has to prosper and flourish, Bhutanese must accept and move ahead with time and the new polity. Thus, in March 2008, Bhutan had its first election to elect the first ever parliamentarians and a new Prime Minister in accordance to the constitution.
A country with a population of just 750,000 that is sparsely scattered over 38,816 sq km in the high mountains and valleys who live in harmony with nature. The towering mountains and hills of Bhutan are historically believed to be the abode of gods and goddesses. Visitors proclaim Bhutan is a rare intersection of modernity and age old cultural tradition, woven amazingly to be preserved together even today. The country’s history proudly gives a special place to the fact that it was never colonized by any foreign power of any kind. Sandwiched between two classic Asian giants : India to the south, east and west and China to the north, Bhutan quietly follows and treads its own unique progressiveness towards the modern world of today.
Kingdom of Bhutan – The First Carbon-Neutral Country
In 2009, Bhutan pledged to remain a carbon-neutral country for all times to come; and though the country is still grappling with its acute economic demands, it wills to forgo rapid industrialization and exploration of minerals for the sake of emitting less and absorbing other countries’ carbon. It actually absorbs more carbon than what it emits as its constitution mandates a 70% green vegetation at all times. This is why Bhutan is ranked as one of the top ten biodiversity hotspots in the world. And of course, it is a new popular tourist destination. Hundreds of tourists who come to Bhutan through Yak Holidays Int’l had beautiful memories to take back home. They say their travel experience in Bhutan continues to haunt their travel thirsty dreams.
We at Yak Holidays Int’l welcome you to Bhutan, and assure you that the stories you hear, the places you see, the unique culture and tradition you experience will be fascinating. They say the best things in the world are better heard, seen and experienced first-hand.
That’s why Yak Holidays is here as an extraordinary travel operator in Bhutan, just like the extraordinary animal of the high Himalayas.
So Travel to Bhutan and take on the unique experience on offer.